The Fantastic Bureau of Imagination (Hardcover)
March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“The Department of Dreams, The Cave of Untold Stories, The Planetarium of Possibility, these are all divisions of the FBI. Yep — The Fantastic Bureau of Imagination. Whoosh down the whoosh-scilator and dive into fun and imagination.”
— Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
Every day, special figment agent Sparky delivers all the mail the FBI receives to the proper department, like the Office of the Unexplainable or the Department of Dreams. It's a big job, but Sparky keeps everything running smoothly . . . until disaster strikes when the Cave of Untold Stories overflows and threatens to topple the whole bureau. It turns out too many people have been holding in their big ideas, and now Sparky must recruit more agents to share their dreams, songs, and stories with the world.
And now, dear reader, will you join the effort and become a special agent before it's too late? The FBI is counting on you!
Kristi Montague is a designer, maker and jack-of-all-trades who owns and operates Montague Workshop, a creative studio, with her husband, Brad. From Kid President to books and birds and more, their studio aims to joyfully rebel against the world that is to create the world that could be. She's also a mama to two kids and lives in a 117-year-old house in rural Tennessee.
★ "The colorful illustrations are delightful and invite the reader to explore. Pages with pictures of each of the figments and a map of the bureau departments are especially engaging. This book would be a great addition to any STEAM collection." —School Library Connection, starred review
"The Montagues fill their worldbuilding fantasy, rendered in digitally colored pencil drawings, with gentle humor and rich details, including an elaborate schematic of the bureau’s many departments. Their pages should reward repeated looks while nudging readers to get out of their own way." —Publishers Weekly
"The delightful, detailed illustrations provide a lot of interesting moments for a small audience to pore over." —Kirkus
"It is a profound message handled competently by Montague, and in narrowing the overwhelming scope of the story to a mail carrier with a penchant for poetry, the narrative emphasizes the power of a single voice . . . the muted color palette establishes an appealing dreamlike atmosphere that complements the story’s themes. Offer this book to any young person in need of a reminder about the importance of sharing their voice." —BCCB